roan

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French roan, probably from Spanish roano, from Old Spanish raudano, itself probably of Germanic origin (compare Gothic 𐍂𐌰𐌿𐌳𐌰𐌽 ‎(raudan), accusative of 𐍂𐌰𐌿𐌸𐍃 ‎(rauþs, red).

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roan ‎(not comparable)

  1. Especially of a horse, having a coat of a dark base color with individual white hairs mixed in
  2. Made of the leather called roan.
    roan binding

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Noun[edit]

roan ‎(plural roans)

  1. An animal such as a horse that has a coat of a dark base color with individual white hairs mixed in.
  2. The color of such an animal.
  3. A kind of leather used for slippers, bookbinding, etc., made from sheepskin, tanned with sumac and colored to imitate ungrained morocco.
    • 1882, Leo de Colange, The American Encyclopaedia of Commerce, Manufactures, Commercial Law, and Finance (volume 2)
      Roan, a kind of leather used for shoes, slippers, and common bookbinding; prepared from sheep skins by tanning with sumach.

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